How soon can I go back to work after hip replacement?
If you have a desk job with minimal activity, you can return to work in about two weeks. If your job requires heavy lifting or is otherwise tough on the hips, it is recommended to take off about six weeks to recover. Sports. For sports with minimal activity, such as golf, you can return when you feel comfortable.
Can I drive 2 weeks after hip replacement?
Some patients may drive as soon as 2 weeks after surgery1, while others may need as long as 8 weeks. Importantly, drivers must not be taking any pain medications that impair driving skills—this is unsafe and illegal. In addition, reflexes and muscle strength should have returned to their pre-surgical levels.
How much rest do you need after hip replacement?
Hip replacement recovery time varies from person to person. Most patients can walk with assistance the same day as surgery or the day after. They usually resume routine activities between 10 and 12 weeks after hip surgery. Full hip replacement recovery takes 6 to 12 months, but replacements can last 20 years.
What are the restrictions after hip replacement?
What can’t I do after surgery?
- Avoid bending forward at the hip, creating an angle of less than 90 degrees.
- Don’t cross your legs at the knee.
- Avoid movements that place your hips lower than your knees, like squatting.
- Avoid sudden movements that could lead to an injury.
How much should I walk after hip replacement?
We recommend that you walk two to three times a day for about 20-30 minutes each time. You should get up and walk around the house every 1-2 hours. Eventually you will be able to walk and stand for more than 10 minutes without putting weight on your walker or crutches. Then you can graduate to a cane.
When can I sit on a normal chair after hip replacement?
As a general rule you need to wait for at least three months before you resume activities as normal but for some more active hobbies / tasks you may need to wait for at least six months.
Is it OK to sit in car after hip replacement surgery?
You can usually drive a car after about 6 weeks, subject to advice from your surgeon. It can be tricky getting in and out of a car at first. It’s best to ease yourself in backwards and swing both legs round together.
How far should I be walking 4 weeks after hip replacement?
During weeks 3-5, walking endurance usually increases if you have been consistent with your home program. Weeks 4-5: Ambulation distances up to 1 mile (2-3 city blocks), resting as needed. Weeks 5-6: Ambulation distances of 1-2 miles; able to meet shopping needs once released to driving.
How long after hip replacement can I walk without crutches?
In most cases, you will need to use a walker or crutches for two to four weeks after surgery. You may be advised to use a cane after you have stopped using crutches. Most patients use an assistive device (walker or crutches) until they can walk without a limp.
What should I be doing 4 weeks after hip replacement?
It usually takes about 4 to 6 weeks to start feeling stronger and to be able to get around with less pain. You’ll still need to continue with physical therapy by going to regular appointments. Walking at this point is especially important for your recovery. You’ll want to walk regularly and avoid sitting for too long.
How long does it take to be pain free after hip replacement?
Many individuals will have excellent pain control as soon as 4 to 6 weeks following surgery. It is common for patients to be tired following a total hip replacement, which is due in part to anesthesia, blood loss, pain, and the necessity of prescription pain medications.